Blackwood House in Falmouth, Maine

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Blackwood House in Falmouth, Maine

Contemporary Real Estate Development, America – home design by Kaplan Thompson Architects

Feb 21, 2019

Blackwood House

Design: Kaplan Thompson Architects

Location: Falmouth, Maine, USA

Blackwood House

The “prospect and refuge” theory explores the human desire to have opportunity before them (Prospect) while also being safe (Refuge). What does a house look and feel like that follows this theory? With a beautiful natural site to build on, our client wanted a low-maintenance structure that would age into the forest. Every material should be solid, authentic, and develop a rich patina. As for the interior, the instruction was that nothing should be coded. What you see is what it is.

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Unlike contemporary modern spaces that are cold and sterile, this house is modern and sleek yet roughhewn. With fine woodworking alongside the clean lines of the interior structure, raw and cooked come together in harmony.

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Taking into consideration the beauty of the surrounding natural forest, this design places focus on exposed materials in their most basic form. Timber beams throughout the living areas bring the woods inside and provide structure to the rooms.

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Hidden storage and flowing spaces combine with large, strategically placed windows to allow the forest and natural light to take center stage. With triple-glazed windows and careful construction, the interior retains a steady temperature. Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the carport and renewable energy systems employed throughout the house make it net zero.

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The building shape itself is relatively simple, but the combination of weathering steel, fiber cement board (Viroc), and black stained cedar (Maibec) on the exterior create a complex textile pattern. These exterior finishes show wear with age while effectively shielding the house from the elements. The open carport kept the design within budget and highlighted the timber framing expertise of the builder. The balcony on the second floor encapsulates the theory we started from – you can sit outside, up in the trees, gazing out into the opportunity the forest holds, yet you are protected.

Blackwood House in Falmouth Maine

Blackwood House, Falmouth – Building Information

Architect: Kaplan Thompson Architects
Project size: 2775 ft2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 2

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Photography: Irvin Serrano

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Location: Falmouth, Maine, USA




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